Friday, September 9, 2016

A Fiery Kiss of the Sun...

"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night."
Crystal Woods

Sunset at Seal Beach...taken from the pier this time!

There's nothing more peaceful to me than the ocean...

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunset Symphony...

"There's never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same."
Carlos Santana

Partaking in a photography challenge group online...
the challenge was "silhouette".

This is the pier at Seal Beach, California.
A beautiful Saturday evening, there were a lot of people walking the pier.
I had my polarizer filter on the lens...28-120mm.

ISO 400 - f5.6 - 1/800 sec.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

...a little rain must fall.

"Into each life a little rain must fall."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry didn't live in California...

Monday, June 27, 2016

I See It...Do You See It?

"I have found that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people
or hate them than to travel with them."
Mark Twain

While this looks like a travel photo, it really isn't it.
I took this while being trained as a docent for Mono Lake.
This funny old pier is on the south side of the lake, west of the South Tufa's.
You have to take this old dirt road from one of the viewing spots off of Hwy 395
to get here.

My fellow docents were enjoying the day, looking for Osprey with their binoculars!

To visit other Little Corners of the World...

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

It's 5:00 somewhere...

I'm participating in a Facebook Photography Challenge
and this week's challenge is 5:00...

It has to be a photo taken this week!
But I want to submit this one from our trip to Death Valley in 2014!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wish I Knew...

Wish I knew about this lovely walk along Mammoth Creek when we lived here!!!

Not bad for an iPhone!!!

This stately old tree was hauntingly beautiful...

Wish I could remember the name of these flowers!  Anybody?

 No place is more beautiful than Mammoth Lakes in the summer...

Guess who misses it up here?

Mom?  Can we go for another walk???  P-l-e-a-s-e!!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Tall Ship...

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you don't do
than those you did.  So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from a safe harbor.  Catch the wind in your sails.
Explore.  Dream.  Discover."

Mark Twain

One of the tall ships in Dana Point, California

This is one of my favorite photos that I've taken over the years...
I took this in Dana Point, California during a class excursion for a Tri-Community Photography class.
At the time I had a Nikon d70s...
1/160  at f 6.3  ISO 400  70mm (18-70mm)

Monday, May 30, 2016

In Memoriam...

To really get a grasp on the enormity of the sacrifice of our soldiers in war.... should visit a National Cemetery.
This happens to be the American Cemetery in Normandy.
The cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach, site of the D-Day Allied invasion of German occupied France.

The cemetery is stunningly beautiful.
The precision of the markers, equally stunning.

There is a sense of awe when visiting there.
Row after row after row of these beautiful crosses...
each one marking the sacrifice of an individual, a family, a community, our nation.

We walked from the cemetery down to the beach...
a pristine and beautiful coastline.
Hard to imagine the brutal battle that raged there so many years ago.

"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below."
John McCrae

Our World Tuesday...


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Found Art???

I got an email from a woman who's doing a video project about this old building in Pasadena.
 In particular, the Julia Morgan YWCA building.
She found me through my friend and fellow blogger Petrea Burchard,
 who did a post about Julia Morgan and the YWCA building on her blog,  
Living Vicuriously in 2012.  

I never did post any of my pics...
actually, I never did anything with them.

So I found the pics in my archives...
...and after going through them I found this one.

Call me crazy...the peeling walls etc. looked like an impressionist painting to me!  
With no post processing other than straightening the lines!!!

What do you think???

Here are some of the other pics from that day...

Julia Morgan is notable first and foremost because she was the first licensed female architect
in the state of California. 

An interesting building, eh?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Making Friends...

So why did I pick this one to feature here?

I loved the colors...the shadows highlighting the architectural structure...
and I especially love the guy giving me the high sign!!!

A middle class neighborhood in CapeTown, not far from the Township that we visited.

"The friends of our friends are our friends."
Congolese Proverb

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Solitary Reflection...

"With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves.
For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves."
Eric Hoffer

There are certain photos that I've taken over the years that have stayed with me in my 
creative mind...
...this is one of them...

Every now and then, I go back to with it a bit...
and every time...I love it...

1/6 sec  f 6.3  ISO 200  95mm (24-120mm 4.0)

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One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human. Loren Eiseley
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Friday, April 15, 2016

South African Sunset...

"South Africa never leaves one indifferent.  Its history,
its population, its landscapes and cultures - 
all speak to the visitor, to the student, to the friend of Africa."
Tariq Ramadan

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